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Dogs Shed Light on Migration Patterns
Scientists use canine remains to learn more about humans.
We've benefited in many ways from our relationship with dogs. Studying canines has led to everything from new medical advancements to behavioral insights. Now scientists are using dogs to understand human migration patterns around the world. According to University of Illinois biologist Kelsey Witt, canines were one of the earliest organisms to have migrated with humans to every continent. This...
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Dog Rides Bus to the Park
Seattle pup is a public transportation regular.
My dogs are always ready to go, running in circles while I put on my shoes, grab my jacket, and throw poop bags into my backpack. I imagine they wonder why it takes so long to leave the house. But not all dogs are so patient. One pup in Seattle became tired of waiting and took matters into her own paws. Jeff Young and his Black Labrador mix, Eclipse, live next to the bus stop that takes them to...
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Smartphone for Dogs
New collar lets you 'video chat' with your pup.
These days it seems like everyone has a smartphone, even toddlers can be regularly seen playing with the expensive devices. So it was only a matter of time before the technology reached our pets too. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Motorola unveiled the Scout 5000, a collar which is being billed as a smartphone for dogs. While there are other GPS-enabled collars,...
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Dog Photos for Anthony
Facebook page collects over 500,000 pet pictures to lift a boy's spirits.
A photo posted by Filicia May of her two dogs,  Jase and Remy.
16-year old Anthony Lyons loves his dogs, but is forced to leave them behind when he checks into the Phoenix Children's Hospital once a month for chemotherapy treatments. It's a grueling week long ordeal and the only thing that puts a smile on Anthony's face is the visits from the hospital's therapy dogs. But unfortunately they can't come every day. So Roberta Lucero-Koron, a family friend,...
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Wagging Tails at Check-in
A North Carolina hotel hosts adoptable dogs.
If you miss your dogs while on vacation, you'll love the Aloft hotel in Asheville, North Carolina--but you may need to make room for an extra passenger on the way home! In July, the lodging chain's downtown location teamed up with Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue to host a dog until a forever home could be found. Since then, guests have been welcomed by an adoptable canine when they come to stay....
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New Years Resolutions with Your Dog
Including pets in your 2015 goals.
According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, less than half of people who make a New Years resolution still practice it six months later. And only eight percent actually achieve their goal. There are many best practices for increasing the chances you'll stick with your plan, such as making the resolution specific (saying that you'll go to the gym three times a week instead of...
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Holiday Treats for Forgotten Pups
A shelter volunteer makes sure homeless dogs are spoiled for Christmas.
Holiday pet treats and toys have become a big business in recent years as we spoil our furry kids. But what about the dogs left behind at shelters? For most homeless pups, Christmas is just another day in a lonely kennel. But many shelters are trying to change that, making the holidays special for forgotten pets. Many of my local shelters hold special fundraisers and food drives this time of...
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From Shelter Pup to Movie Star
Annie's canine lead showcases the potential of rescue dogs.
Last week the modern adaptation of the classic film, Annie, opened starring a cute and talented Golden Retriever/Chow mix named Marti as Sandy. One thing that I love about canine actors is that many of them are adopted from animal shelters, showcasing the potential of these often forgotten pups. Animal trainer Bill Berloni has trained many Sandys over the years, all from local shelters. The...
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3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog to Run
Collaboration opens a new world for a South Carolina pup.
Earlier this year I wrote about TurboRoo, an adorable Chihuahua who received a 3D printed dog cart to help him get around. Dog carts have been the norm for lucky disabled pups, but it makes it hard to really run and play with other dogs. Canine prosthetic legs are more expensive and can take a long time to get the right fit. But that all could change starting with a special pup named Derby, the...
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Banning Canine Tattoos and Piercings
NYS law protects pets against unnecessary aesthetic procedures.
Earlier this year, Brooklyn tattoo artist Mistah Metro ruffled feathers in the animal community when he posted a photo of his tattooed dog on Instagram. Mistah inked the pup while she was under anesthesia for a spleen removal. At the time it wasn't illegal, just ethically questionable. After all, the dog was subjected to an unnecessary and permanent procedure. While Mista's pup couldn't be...